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Treyvon Terry gets Patrick Henry going in the right direction scoring on the opening kickoff return.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Patrick Henry didn't trail for long.
The Patriots briefly fell behind visiting Harrisonburg on Friday night, but Treyvon Terry ensured the Blue Streaks' lead was short-lived, ripping off a 63-yard touchdown run that opened the door for a 42-22 victory at Gainer Stadium.
Patrick Henry (5-2) wound up trailing for all of 50 seconds in the game.
"Coach gave us a pep talk [after falling behind], and I had real good blocking," Terry said. "I saw the hole, ran through it, and then used my speed."
The Patriots jumped in front when Terry took the opening kickoff back 85 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead 13 seconds in. The Blue Streaks (1-5) came back with a 65-yard touchdown drive, scoring when Jalen Crawford caught a screen pass from Ryan Nixon on third-and-8, and rumbled 27 yards into the end zone.
Harrisonburg missed the extra point, however, and remained behind 7-6. The Blue Streaks briefly looked like they would threaten to snap a four-game losing streak when Jordan Kile made a 30-yard field goal early in the second quarter, giving them a 9-7 lead.
But it took just two plays after the ensuing kickoff for Patrick Henry to go back in front, and the rest of the half belonged to the Patriots. The Blue Streaks went three-and-out on their next drive, and a bad snap allowed Marcus Folden to block a desperate punt attempt, and recover the ball on the Harrisonburg 12.
On the following play, Trevor Mike ran for a 12-yard touchdown, making it 21-9. The Patriots stopped the Blue Streaks on downs, taking over on the Harrisonburg 38, and quickly drove for another score, with Sergio Thompson giving Patrick Henry a 28-9 halftime lead on a 1-yard touchdown run.
"The blocked punt and the kick return were huge," Harrisonburg coach Chris Thurman said. "They really hurt us. We're a good football team, but we've done some bad things, and turnovers kill you. If we clean it up, we'll finish this year strong."
Mike led Patrick Henry with 127 rushing yards on 14 carries. Terry added 100 yards on the ground.
"I don't think we were real sharp tonight," Patrick Henry coach Alan Fiddler said. "We played with confidence, but we played down a little bit. We've got to get better in the future to get where we want to be.
"Still, it was a good homecoming win. There's lots of distractions homecoming week."
Harrisonburg, a Class 4A school, was playing for the second consecutive week without starting quarterback Matt Shifflett, and had trouble moving the ball much of the evening against 6A Patrick Henry until late in the game. The Blue Streaks scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, including one by Devin Medley.
Medley led all players with 142 yards on 32 carries.
"That's the fastest team we'll play all year," Thurman said. "They took away our outside game because they're so quick."
Harrisonburg 6 3 0 13-22
Patrick Henry 7 21 0 14-42
PH - Terry 85 kick return (Davidson kick)
H - Crawford 27 pass from Nixon (kick failed)
H - FG Kile 30
PH - Terry 63 run (Davidson kick)
PH - Mike 12 run (Davidson kick)
PH - Thompson 1 run (Davidson kick)
PH - Terry 19 run (Davidson kick)
H - Medley 3 run (Kile kick)
PH - Mike 43 run (Davidson kick)
H - Washington 3 run (kick failedd)
First downs 13 10
Yards rushing 230 265
Passes C-A-I 4-7-0 2-6-0
Yards passing 86 20
Penalties-yards 1-5 4-18
Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-1
Punts-average 2-30.5 2-49.5
RUSHING - Harrisonburg, Medley 32-142, Crawford 12-41,Nixon 6-27, Washington 3-23, Harper 1-(-3); Patrick Henry, Mike 14-127, Terry 6-100, Thompson 4-14, Franklin 2-8,Merritt 1-7, Starkey 1-7, Calfee 4-1, Williams 1-1
PASSING - Harrisonburg, Nixon 4-7-0 86; Patrick Henry, Calfee 2-5-0 20, Cotter 0-1-0 0
RECEIVING - Harrisonburg, Barber 1-48, Crawford 3-38; Patrick Henry, Ogden 1-17, Whorley 1-3.
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